Congratulations on your Green Rating!
You’ve learned your sailing basics, so what’s next?
Your next step is to get yourself on the water! With a Green rating, here are the privileges you have which will allow you to sail on your own. Be sure to take advantage of each one of them in order to get ready for more learning up ahead:
- You may sail a Mercury by yourself of a Green flag day.
- You may sail a Mercury with another Green rated sailor on a Green flag day.
- You may sign up for Informal Instruction to go sailing with a more experienced skipper.
- You may sail on a Yellow flag day in a Keel Mercury, or with a reefed main. Additional restrictions may apply.
- You can crew during Friday Night Mercury Racing, or with any skipper with a higher rating.
In order to gain more sailing privileges, such as sailing in heavier wind and taking out guests, Green rated sailors will want to progress to their Yellow rating. With a Green rating, you have access to several classes designed to prepare you for the Yellow test. The pages within this section of CBI Learn will detail each of these classes as well as the requirements to pass the Yellow Test. Mainsail I and Mainsail II, when taken in order, build basic skills and allow you to develop them on the water. Before enrolling in Mainsail I or II, sailors must orient themselves to the On-The-Water (OTW) experience in one of the following ways:
1) No less than three solo sails. Sailors are encouraged to get on the water in Green or Yellow wind in order to get used to how a boat moves on the water.
2) Informal Instruction may substitute for solo sails. Informal Instruction is a great way to learn from a more experienced sailor.
3) First Sail may also substitute for one solo sail. This is the recommended first step for brand new sailors before they try it out on their own. First Sail requires advance signup, and students will get an hour of hands-on OTW time with a trained instructor. First Sail can only be taken once.
Once you have fulfilled these requirements, you’re now ready for the Mainsail Classes! Mainsail I and Mainsail II are designed to be taken in order, and each class provides OTW instruction with a gentle difficulty curve. Read below about Mainsail I and II.